The Service-Learning team hopes this post finds our Kingsborough students well (If not, talk to us!)
In the midst of searching for meaningful service experiences for students, we found time to read “The Summer I Saved the World in 65 Days” by Michele Weber Hurwitz. The book tells the story of a young girl who devotes her summer to performing random acts of kindness.
Why did we read this book and decide to share with you all? Because unknowingly, our protagonist Nina Ross exemplified what it means to be a service-learner! Let us explain:
Nina started out summer feeling lost, however, despite the things going on in her life, she observed that a fellow human being had an unfulfilled need (her neighborhood was injured and unable to plant her marigolds). So she decides to anonymously plant the flowers. What starts out as one good deed spirals into a mission of service throughout her neighborhood.
With service-learning, individuals use their skill sets and resources to provide unique meaningful service to others. Here, Nina with limited financial resources, still manages to positively touch the lives of those around her, with the help of ingenuity and creativity.
Service-learning is designed both to serve a community and teach the service-learner about his or her self. Nina learned a great deal about herself, her family, and her neighbors from her mission. A lot of this was accomplished through her daily reflections. In service-learning, reflection allows an individual to track their progress and the lessons learned along the way!
Bonus Points: Nina’s acts of kindness were so effective that her neighbors began to lend a helping hand to each other. Any service-learning project is extra valuable if the person(s) can create long-term change in his/her community!
To learn more about Nina’a experience, visit your local library and pick up a copy of the book. To experience the joy of service firsthand, stop by C-102 for a list of current service projects.
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